Music has the power to soothe the soul, drive people to obsession, and soundtrack evil plots. Is music the instigator of madness, or the key that unhinges the psychosis within? From guitar lessons in a graveyard and a baby allergic to music, to an infectious homicidal demo and melancholy tunes in a haunted lighthouse, Crescendo of Darkness will quench your thirst for horrifying audio fiction.
HorrorAddicts.net is proud to present fourteen tales of murderous music, demonic performers, and cursed audiophiles.
Crescendo of Darkness includes:
“Audition” by Naching T. Kassa
This could be a guitarist’s ticket to the big time, if he survives auditioning in a ghoul-protected graveyard.
“Circe’s Music Shop” by A. Craig Newman
A music store owner, who won’t be bullied into submission, teaches two hitmen the meaning of pain.
“Last Lullaby” by Emerian Rich
An opera diva is haunted by a dangerous secret which threatens to end her career and her life.
“Loved to Death” by Sam Morgan Phillips
Death explores his dream of being a rock star, but can’t avoid his purpose when a young woman forces him to live up to his destiny.
“The Music Box” by Daphne Strasert
When a mom finds her childhood music box, she unleashes a tragic horror on her family, dooming them to repeat history.
“While My Guitar Gently Bleeds” by Benjamin Langley
A rock musician is visited by an undead band member and forced to pay for his crimes against rock ‘n’ roll.
“Six String Bullets” by Cara Fox
The pull of a busker’s song becomes too much for a young woman to resist.
“Lighthouse Lamentation” by R.A. Goli
A lighthouse keeper helps a mysterious guest, but the stranger’s haunting sea shanty might drive him mad.
“Solomon’s Piano” by Jeremy Megargee
A grieving husband builds an unnatural piano, but can his music raise the dead?
“They Don’t Make Music Like That Anymore” by Kahramanah
A musician’s obsession with creating a masterpiece leads to him discover why they don’t make music like that anymore.
“Become the Music” by H.E. Roulo
A cellist would do anything for her child, even give up music, but that might not be enough to stop a curse from consuming her baby.
“Keep the Beat” by Calvin Demmer
A young girl questions why her tribe plays the djembe drums every night and finds it may be more than just a tradition.
“The Legend of Crimson Ivory” by Sarah Gribble
An audiophile finds a legendarily sinister demo at a used record store and decides to play it, despite his friends’ warnings.
“A Whisper in the Air” by Jeremiah Donaldson
Employees at a job find solace in playing music on break, but a haunted melody draws in more than just new musicians.
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Crescendo of Darkness
Edited by Jeremiah Donaldson
Cover by Carmen Masloski
Let music unlock your fear within.